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| Apr 16, 2014

Options dwindle as Ukraine crisis heats up

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union plan to meet in Geneva Thursday to try to defuse what has become one of the worst European security crises in decades. But as tensions soar to dangerous levels in Ukraine, threatened ...

Saudis sack architect of Syria policy

Apr 16, 2014

Saudis sack architect of Syria policy

Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh’s attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. His departure, months after he was quoted warning of a “major shift” from ...

Apr 16, 2014

U.N. set to certify Iran uranium cuts

The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday. The move ...

Apr 15, 2014

Kiev's grip loosening on restive eastern regions

Staff working for Serhiy Taruta, the steel baron appointed by Kiev as governor of the restive Donetsk region, say he is hard at work in the regional capital, but cannot disclose where, exactly, for security reasons. The governor is in an “operational headquarters suitable ...

In Ukraine, Russia tests Obama resolve

| Apr 15, 2014

In Ukraine, Russia tests Obama resolve

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. Obama has vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia’s ...

Iran seeks meeting on banned U.N. envoy

Apr 15, 2014

Iran seeks meeting on banned U.N. envoy

Iran on Monday requested a special meeting of a U.N. committee on the United States’ refusal to grant a visa to Tehran’s new U.N. ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy. The United States said Friday it ...